Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

Winners Revealed at OTS18, Oct. 24 @ Caesars Windsor

2018 Finalists

Tourism Innovator of the Year Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board Tourism Excellence North (TEN) Waterloo Central Railway    
 
Tourism Event of the Year Karnival on the Kam (Fort William Historical Park) Ontario 150 Tour (Water's Edge Festivals and Events) Pumpkinferno (St. Lawrence Parks Commission) THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride (Waterloo Central Railway) Winter Festival of Lights 
 
Tourism Champion of the Year Garry McColman Gord Brown Mark Baker    
 
Tourism Employer of the Year Scandinave Spa Blue Mountain Temple Bay Lodge Tourism Toronto    
 
Sustainable Tourism Award Cowbell Brewing Company Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve Windmill Lake Wake and Eco Park    
 
Accessible Tourism Award Cowbell Brewing Company Royal Ontario Museum St. Lawrence Parks Commission    
 
Indigenous Tourism Award Point Grondine Park Wikwemikong Tourism      

Tourism Innovator of the Year

Recognizes an organization or individual that created a new innovative product, policy or service to promote and enhance tourism in their local community, region or the province of Ontario.
 

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Tourism Event of the Year

Presented to a festival or event that exemplifies industry best practices in all aspects of its operation. Entries are open to many different types of events: cultural, historical, musical, arts, sporting, culinary, literary, amusement, general interest, etc.
 

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Tourism Champion of the Year

given to an individual who embodies the spirit of tourism in Ontario. This person should be directly involved with the industry (as an employee, business owner, volunteer, advocate, etc.) and be able to give evidence of their contributions.
 

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Tourism Employer of the Year

Recognizes an organization that has developed an admirable reputation as a great place to work, and that has established itself as an upstanding example of Ontario’s tourism industry.
 

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Sustainable Tourism Award

Recognizes an organization, individual or initiative that has made a viable and maintainable contribution to the practice and promotion of sustainable tourism in Ontario.
 

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Accessible Tourism Award

Acknowledges an organization that operates an outstanding accessible hospitality and tourism business that complies with Ontario Accessibility standards and is recognized by employees and customers as a leader in providing an inclusive experience for all visitors. Areas of interest include the provision of accessible service, employment, built environment and accessible information and communications.
 

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NEW! Indigenous Tourism Award

Recognizes an organization, individual or experience that has demonstrated a commitment to the development and promotion of authentic, cultural Indigenous experiences for visitors to Ontario.

 

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the development and promotion of Ontario’s tourism industry, and established a visible, long-term record of accomplishment that merits special attention.
 

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